We love adding a bit of science to our art, and this frozen hearts Valentine’s activity is a perfect example! Our preschoolers were a bit baffled when at first the paint was so frozen that nothing happened. They kept turning it upside down to see if it looked any different. Slowly they noticed more paint on the paper as the ice melted. They worked with it until the sticks fell off and brushes were needed. Lots of hands-on fun!
We simply love lots of activities using ice. You probably recall our very popular art activity where we painted on ice. And then there was the frozen sparkly paint activity. (That’s what inspired this idea, by the way.)
This is such a simple idea and yet one of my favorites. Let’s get started!
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Frozen Hearts Valentine’s Activity
What we used:
Paper (we used slick paper)
Preparing this activity:
Place cookie cutter on a tray. Spoon glitter paint to fill the heart. Place in freezer.
Frozen hearts Valentine’s Activity:
Place frozen hearts on paper.
Try moving it back and forth. Our preschoolers had to check the bottoms of their hearts to see why the paint would not yet show much on the paper.
The more they moved the frozen heart, the more paint they saw on the paper.
Finally the heart became so soft that the stick fell off. This led to the question of why? Why did the stick fall off? We had been exploring other ice activities, so we were aware that ice melted.
The preschoolers were not ready to stop, even though the sticks had come off. I gave them brushes and they continued to push the mushy ice around. Some used their hands as well.
More Valentine’s activities for young children:
Have you seen our Valentine’s pinboard yet? And we are adding more to it each day!